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There are a number of ways in which I can assist with your new build or renovation. I like to keep things flexible so as to suit your specific needs, rather than force one particular methodology upon you – I can be involved as little or as much as you like. There are no lock-in contracts, and my involvement can change throughout the project to suit your circumstances.

Architect Sid Thoo services
Sid Thoo architect sustainable design services

Let me tell you a bit about my story...

I’ve been a registered architect since 2007 and have worked a variety of projects, including new homes, renovations and commercial work. I used to design houses for rich people, but eventually realised that wasn’t particularly fulfilling work. Then I designed a $300k carport and realised I needed to make a more meaningful contribution to society.

I have previously taught architectural technology and building science at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. These days I do some teaching at Notre Dame University in Fremantle, when I can find the time!

The services I can help you with

Resource Centre

Not everyone can afford the services of an architect, but you can still benefit from their expertise! I’ve created a series of standalone resources to help anyone improve their sustainable design knowledge.


I design eco-effective new homes and renovations and can provide a full range of architectural services. I am typically involved with projects ranging from $450k-$950k and work hard to optimise the design for your available budget.

Eco-effective Design Reviews

I can review your existing plans or house design and provide advice and feedback on how to improve the eco-effective performance of your new home or renovation project.

Quick Concept Sketches

Sometimes you just need a quick concept sketch or 3D model to test an idea before fully committing to a project. This service is invaluable to developers when doing feasibility studies or exploring the eco-effective design opportunities for a site.

Seminars and Presentations

I have been a keynote speaker at various conferences around Australia and also run sustainable design workshops for organisations such as the City of Cockburn and City of Vincent. Book me for your next event or workshop.

Energy Ratings and Performance Analysis

I’m an accredited NatHERS assessor and one of the few people that genuinely understand energy efficiency performance solutions under the National Construction Code.

Get my ebook Six key principles to design a more thermally efficient home.

Six key principles to design a more thermally efficient home

How much does it cost?

Some people think architects are expensive – sometimes they are, but often they just aren’t very good at explaining how their involvement brings value to a project.

I think I’m not particularly expensive compared to other architects, and will always do my best to provide as much help as possible when it comes to designing eco-effective homes and buildings. I always break projects down into stages, and can be involved as much or as little in your project as you would like.

My hourly rate is $225.00 per hour (ex-GST), which may sound expensive, but you’d be amazed at how much you can get done in an hour if you listen carefully to a client, and invest in reliable technology and systems to enable work to be done efficiently.

Sure, I’ve also got bills to pay and mouths to feed, but you know what? I’d much rather work with a client for a reduced fee (or even sometimes for free) if they are passionate about sustainable design, and they genuinely value my contribution.

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